Read one of Grimm’s fairy tales and modernize of the myths using contemporary language and people. What has changed dramatically? How do you input magic (or a lack thereof) into the story? How do modern times/or opinions play into the story?
Length: 500 words
I chose The Golden Goose and tried to edit it in such a way that the story was modernized, but the moral was unchanged:
There was a man who had three sons, the youngest of whom was called
Dummling, and was despised, mocked, and sneered at on every occasion.
It happened that the eldest wanted to go into the forest to hew wood,
and before he went his mother gave him a beautiful sweet cake and a
bottle of wine in order that he might not suffer from hunger or
When he entered the forest he met a little grey-haired old man who
bade him good-day, and said, do give me a piece of cake out of your
pocket, and let me have a draught of your wine, I am so hungry and
thirsty. But the clever son answered, if I give you my cake and
wine, I shall have none for myself, be off with you, and he left the
little man standing and went on….
^ ^ ^
I once knew a couple who were raising three boys – Tom, Dick, and Harry. They were poor, so anything the boy wanted beyond basic needs they had to earn themselves.
Tom, the eldest, would soon graduate from high school. He needed a car for when he went off to the city to find work.
“You’ll have to earn it,” instructed Tom’s dad.
“I think I could sell enough firewood to buy a car. I could apply at the forest department for a wood permit. May I borrow your truck and chainsaw?” Tom asked.
“Only if you agree to pay me back for the gas and oil. And I’ll probably need a new chain by then.”
“Deal!” said Tom.
On his way to the woods a man flagged him down. His car was in the ditch and he needed a ride back to town to get a tow truck.
“Sorry, but I’m on my way to the woods and I don’t have time to help you,” Harry said, and then he left the man standing at the roadside.
Later, in the woods, the chainsaw kicked back. Tom suffered a deep cut on his leg.. His injury was so severe he could no longer go to the woods. He was unable to earn money for his car and therefore ended up working in a fast food restaurant rather than going to the city.
The following year, the second son, Dick, made a similar arrangement and headed for the woods to earn money for a car. On his way a woman flagged him down.
“My car has a flat tire and I don’t have a spare tire. Will you drive me to town so I can buy a tire?”
“Sorry, lady. I’m on my way to cut wood. I don’t have time,” he told her and then he drove away.
Later that day he felled a tree on his father’s truck. Of course, Dad was outraged and forbid him from using his things again. So Dick was unable to earn money to buy a car.
Two years later Harry came of age. He made a promise similar to those his brothers had made. And he set off for the woods in Dad’s new truck.
He was nearly to his destination when man waved him down.
“My car has stalled. Can you drive me town to fetch a tow truck?”
“Of course. Hop in,” said Harry. He turned the truck around and headed back to town.
“I see you have a chain saw in the back. Are you going wood cutting?”
“Yes, I need money to buy a car.”
“Really? I’m in the market for three cords of wood to get me through the winter. Call me when you have three cords ready.Here’s my card.” It read:
By the time summer had turned to autumn the two had formed a business relationship. Harry had earned enough cash to buy his car. After graduation he moved to the city, found a good job in an auto assembly plant, met a girl, and fell in love.